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Jimmy Newell Harbour

We had heard of the Jimmy Newell Harbour, and once we had entered the Torndirrup National Park near the town of Albany, Western Australia, we set out to look for it. From the name alone, I was anticipating at the least a dock and some boats, and maybe even a little...

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The Curtain of Vines

Mt. Gambier, a small town on the border between the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria, is reknown for several very large sinkholes. Most of these have been developed into beautiful gardens, and it was in the larger of these sinkhole gardens, known as...

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Saving the Whales

It was Wednesday, the 30th of July, 1986. A few members of a pod of false killer whales became stranded in the shallow waters around Augusta, Western Australia. Because this specie is highly sociable, the rest of the pod probably responded to the individual distress...

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Not What You’d Hoped…

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick." (Proverbs 13:12 NIV) "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23 NIV) Perhaps there was a time when you didn't get the job, even though you were the most qualified. For some...

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Pause Button

Descending through four thousand feet, the twin engine Beech Baron was purring like the happiest of felines as it maneuvered through a cloudless sky. Above, twinkling stars were beginning to reveal their positions as the weary pilot prepped his bird for landing....

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The Appalachian Trail

Guide to the Appalachian Trail I settled in the back seat of an Uber car the other day, folded my white cane, and stuffed it in my bag. As I usually do, I began a conversation with the driver. As expected, we became friends. That's because I ask questions that prompt...

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The Making Way

"A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory...

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The Fool

"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." (Psalm 14: 1 NIV) A number of years ago an owl attempted in the dark of a winter's morning, to make off with one of my miniature long haired...

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A Pleasing Aroma…

"These offerings are given as a special gift to the Lord, a pleasing aroma to him." (Num 29:6 NLT) If you were to simply read this text out of context, your thoughts might go something like mine did: Wow, that offering must be fresh bread or cinnamon rolls! Definitely...

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